Life As A Spiritual Journey__A Cultural Perspective
A Biblical Memory__Patriarch Abraham
In the Biblical chronology, the early wonderings of Abraham's family (estimated at 1950 BC) is preserved through the lives of Abraham's descendent, Joseph, for the next four hundred years with the coming of Moses as the "deliverer" of the Hebrew nation from bondage and exit from Egypt.
From this heritage, children of Abraham, all three major spiritual traditions, Hebrew, Christian and Islam existing in west today have emerged from this tribal family of Abraham.
In the East, in that time frame of Patriarch Abraham, Hinduism existed in historic India. When Abraham and his tribal family set out on their spiritual journey west from City of Ur, in search of the promised land, tribes of so called Indo-Europeans known as the Arya people had already entered North India for centuries earlier through the mountains pass in the Western border of historic India.
These Arya people created kingdoms dominating over the native tribes they found living in India.
Prince Siddhartha Journey to Forest For Spiritual Knowledge
Thus a millenium past, and another 5 centuries to about 500 BC, when Prince Sidhartha existed in one such princely Saka kingdom in the Himalayas near the border of modern India and Nepal.
History suggests that this Saka tribal people had entered India through the mountain passes perhaps a century or two earlier. In his life time, Prince Sidhartha's journey to the forest for wisdom and mediation was within the culture of India of that time. It was a spiritual journey that created Buddhism, and Hindu Buddhist cultural tradition of the East that long co-existed in India until recently.
Unlike the journey of Abraham in search of the promised land for his tribal family, in the tradition of the ancient sages of historic India, Prince Siddartha left his family and his inherited princely life of wealth and power. In fact, such forest ashrams of respected sages were part of that ancient cultural tradition centuries before and since to now.
So that is the spiritual journey of the east. It was most often an individual one. Today sometimes it is as a small group, to the forest or along the Himalayas where spiritual journeys are made to holi places along rivers, mountains and sometime to sea.
Life then, both from West and East traditions as briefly described can be considered a spiritual journey, with a different perspective of west and east in summary.
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